The Secret

The secret is
to love yourself.
In doing so
you erase the need for anyone else to love you.
And as you erase this need
they all, instantly
do.

-Heather Strang

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I’m extending by a few poems since I missed some days during the WordPress transition. Enjoy! 🙂

Painted Face

Precious moments pass
My tortured soul longs for it to last
But you will go, leave
And I will sit here
Tears streaming down my
Freshly painted face
The moment gone
Only to be remembered on the page.

-Heather Strang

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Deja Vu

Deja Vu
straightening my hair
talking to you

Deja Vu
holding hands
in a picture show
sipping cabernet in a cafe
eating hummus near a river

Deja Vu
waking up in a spoon
reading books
voraciously tearing into life

Experiencing it all with you
is so much like life before,
when we were cats.

-Heather Strang

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Scales

The number holds power
It dictates
The length of the day,
Chocolate chips
Or shriveled raisins.
The number decides
A scowl in the mirror or a proud pose.
It is only a number
But it holds the key
To withholding
Or consuming.

Everyday is different
And one can never know
Which way it will swing
Will food be the enemy
Or a friend?
Will this obsession ever end?
Only the number knows.

-Heather Strang

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Change

Be the change
The change of what?
Change of flow
of acceptance
of the realization that more can be
yours.

A thick cloud weighs heavy above
Change seems far, far away
A posture, a pose
A release
Brings the surrender
of a life unlived.

Catapulting forward
Change is in the air
Struggle is breathing down necks
The answer is not far
off from where its always been.

Sharing, loving, touching
Coming together in community
Aware that everything really is energy
Embrace the flow.

-Heather Strang

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I just received this press release and thought I would share it. It’s a great recipe service program for gluten-free folks. Woohoo!

New Meal Planning Service Helps
Home Cooks Avoid Gluten
Subscribers Receive Quick, Easy Recipes For Entire Family

Columbus, OH—A new meal planing service is now available to people who struggle with a gluten-free diet. Gluten-Free Weekly (GFW) exists to serve the dietary needs of households whose members must avoid wheat and other grains’ glutens for health reasons.
“Often families who are thrust into the “gluten free community” are surprised to learn how prevalent gluten is in food items – especially prepared foods,” said company co-founder Neal Bell. “As eating out becomes more challenging, many find cooking at home to be safer. GFW makes this transition much easier.”
The service offers 3-, 6- and 12-month subscriptions that range in cost from $5 – $8 per month. Each week participants will receive five quick, easy dinner recipes, including side dish suggestions and a consolidated grocery shopping list. Additional information and sample recipes can be found at http://www.glutenfreeweekly.com/.
Bell says his inspiration for the service is driven by personal experiences. “As my family started avoiding gluten, it was initially frustrating. Today it is much easier – and the net result is that we enjoy more family meals around our kitchen table, and more frequent home-cooking has resulted in an overall healthier diet.”
In addition to the web site, http://www.glutenfreeweekly.com/, GFW can be followed on Twitter (@glutenfreewkly) and on Facebook by searching for Gluten-Free Weekly.
Happy Eating!
xoHeather 🙂
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Don’t Miss This

don’t miss it
toes shuffling along hardwoods
his arms wrapped tight around your back
laughing so hard patrons stop to stare

don’t forget what matters
the smell of his skin
the grace and flow of your body
the taste of pad thai

it is moments in between
the exhale and the inhalation
that make up a life
and remind us why it’s so god damn grand.

-Heather Strang

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Ever notice how many creperies are around? So disappointing, as I’ve yet to find any with gluten-free crepes.  So, per the usual, I decided to take matters into my own hands and came up with this yummy dessert crepe. You will love it! And it is great with egg contents too – like an egg and veggies mix. Enjoy!

Dessert Crepes

1/2 c brown rice flour
1/2 c tapioca flour
1/2 c oat flour (or spelt if you can tolerate it)
1 c almond milk (vanilla unsweetened is a nice touch)
2 cage-free eggs
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t baking powder

Mix ingredients together until smooth. Use non-stick cooking spray on a griddle or in a large skillet.Pour 1/2 cup of the mixture into pan over medium heat. Pick pan up off of heat and swirl with your wrist to spread out the mixture so it covers a thing layer over most of the skillet. Let cook until mixture solidifies and can be picked up easily with a spatula. Using a large (wide) spatula, flip the crepe over to the other side. Cook for another couple of minutes until crepe is golden brown. Place on cooling plate.

Crepe Filling
1 banana
1 c strawberries, frozen if possible
1 c non-dairy, sugar-free whip cream (optional)
1/2 c organic, dark chocolate chips
1/4 c walnuts (optional)

Using a food processor or Magic Bullet (love that thing!) mix strawberries, until a liquid mixture. Add in whip cream until a nice consistency (I like having some strawberry chunks still). Cut bananas into thin slices.

Roll crepes into tight rolls (see picture).
Pour strawberry cream mixture over top, add bananas, chocolate chips and walnuts.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather 🙂

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Pain

Pain will not kill you
Fear of pain will.
Feel it.
Release it.
The feeling must be felt
Before you know it, it no longer exists.

-Heather Strang

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Facebook = Crack

facebook is like crack
or at least, how i imagine
crack would be.
it is the rabbit hole of 2010
the time waster of all time wasters
you cannot tear yourself from the updates
the quizzes and the farm animals.

facebook is a genius site
invented by a 24-yr-old
who is now a billionaire.
jackass.

facebook is crack for nerds
for gossipers
for those who want to know
and for those desperate for a reprieve
a break, two minutes to see what the ex is up to
or the lovely friend whom we never have time for
or that bitch from high school.

facebook is crack
crack for those of us who clearly need something useful to do.
oh, and by “us,” I mean me
damn you, facebook
i love you.

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